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    Campaign signs are already spotting the landscape in Harriman, but the picture could be quite different in the future.

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of an ordinance to restrict campaign signs in some locations and place limitations on the sizes. 

    “This is one of those issues we will be getting complaints,” Mayor Chris Mason said. 

    “It happens every two years,” he added. “Once campaign season is over, the complaints go away.”

  • Roane officials may opine on proposed wind farm project

    Roane County officials could weigh in on a proposed wind farm project in neighboring Cumberland County.

    Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Va., states on its website that it is actively developing Crab Orchard Wind in Cumberland’s Crab Orchard community.

    Energy generated from the project could power approximately 20,000 homes annually, according to Apex.

  • Kingston drinking water ‘perfect’

    Kingston’s drinking water is “perfect,” according to the state.

    The water treatment plant received a perfect score earlier this year on the Sanitary Survey of Community Water System, which was conducted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    Kingston Water and Sewer Superintendent Mike Jolly said the score was based on a 599-point system tallied over a three-year time frame.

  • Expo Center ‘not the biggest, but the busiest’

    While most of Roane State Community College slows down for the summer, the same cannot be said for the Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center.

    The facility on the Roane County campus never seems to take a week off.

    “We’re the busiest arena in the state, we’re not the biggest but we are the busiest,” said expo center office supervisor Diane Cox. “Most arenas do two shows a month and think that’s busy. We go every weekend.

    “The only time we take a week off is Christmas.”

  • Motorcyclist not hurt from cooler collision on I-40

    A Crossville man avoided serious injuries during a motorcycle crash in Roane County on Thursday.

    The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 40 near the 357 mile marker.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Don W. Scarbrough was headed east on a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan when he struck a cooler in the roadway.

    “The subject then lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down on its right side,” the report said. “The driver had minor injuries from contact with the pavement.”

  • Court to sentence Harriman man on Loudon sex crimes

    A Harriman man is scheduled to be sentenced in September in a Loudon County sex crimes case.

    Zachary Tapp pleaded guilty in Loudon County Criminal Court last week to four counts of statutory rape.  

    Statutory rape is a Class E felony. Since Tapp has no prior criminal history, he will be sentenced as a Range I standard offender, “meaning the sentence range for him is one to two years,” the District Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.

  • Woman found hours after she fell in home

    A 96-year-old Rockwood woman was found hours after she had fallen when a Good Samaritan who thought she heard a faint cry for help notified Rockwood police.

    The helpful woman was at Tom Fuller Park (also known as Rockwood Beach) when she thought she heard the cry for help.

    Unsure of what she was hearing, she notified police.

    Rockwood Officer Kendall Mitchell responded and was able to locate the origin of the sound.

  • BIG Transformation

    Rockwood’s Animal Shelter remains closed, but it’s a far cry from the small, dark block building it once was.

    When it reopens, visitors will see a transformed facility.

    “I’m hoping by the middle or end of July (to be open),” said Mark Neeley, the city’s animal control and codes enforcement officer.

    He’s been instrumental in many of the improvements at the shelter, and city officials and community members have noticed.

  • Proposals sought for Healthy Living grants

    Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is accepting proposals for its Community Contribution Program, which will award funds for healthy living initiatives in East Tennessee.

    The deadline for the proposals is Aug. 1.

    Eligible applicants include nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and regional government entities that are considered nonprofit and serve Roane, Knox, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Sevier and Union counties.

  • Emergency notification sign-ups start

    The Roane County Office of Emergency Services is kicking off its new community emergency notification program that will help authorities contact individual community members personally in the case of a community emergency, such as severe weather or an active shooter.

    Visit www.Hyper-Reach.com/tnroanesignup.html to register.